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| Industrial Estate, Phase 3, Road 35, Street 33, Jeddah 21481, Saudi Arabia
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Disappearing Jem

The Balad quarter is a rare example of how Saudi Arabia, or better the Hijaz with its rich culture... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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historical place

you will never know Jeddah's history if you didn’t visit Al Balad, it‘s a historical place, I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reminiscent of the Arabian nights fairytales, this vibrant marketplace with multi-storied mud brick and stone buildings sells everything from textiles and sparkling silver and gold ornaments to spices and honey.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“old city” (33 reviews)
“gold market” (11 reviews)
| Industrial Estate, Phase 3, Road 35, Street 33, Jeddah 21481, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Balad quarter is a rare example of how Saudi Arabia, or better the Hijaz with its rich culture and social mixture, was before the years of the chaotic economic growth. It is a pity that restoration of many buildings is apparently done without any...More

Thank DvdB
Reviewed 1 week ago

you will never know Jeddah's history if you didn’t visit Al Balad, it‘s a historical place, I usually go to it at Ramadan cause there’s always a festival. if you are going to visit al-Balad you should wear walking shoes, if you like Photography you...More

Thank Njoud S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most important place to visit in Jeddah. Albalad -The old city. Full of old shops and restaurants and you can have a traditional food like kebda and balila. You can walk in the old zoqaq from morning till midnight and explore the...More

Thank sarourah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Balad is one of the markets I often visit during my stay in Jeddah. All the items we need from the cheapest to the goods with the famous brand we can get in the store around here. Around here we can also enjoy the uniqueness...More

Thank rizkianandaprima2017
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This place is not only about shopping. The history of Jeddah is beautiful and and informative. Well worth a visit.

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Balad is well known for the street shopping, You can buy gifts for your relative and very reasonable price, you need to bargain also with some hawkers, if you have the plan to buy gifts and you are in Jeddah, it highly recommended to visit...More

Thank Mohammad Israil S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

To see and experience ancient history of Jeddah, MUST visit Balad... The buildings and streets are restored to the original state as much as possible...

Thank Bari1945
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Every time I passed by this place, I found it boring and nothing to buy, dates and lots of non useful old fashion stuff!

Thank Malih D
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I live in jeddah and this is a standard tourist destination. Good nearby shops. gold souk, naseef house, juffali mosque interesting places to visit besides the shops

Thank RezaCorp
Reviewed 19 April 2017

If you want to go there for shopping or to see historical Jeddah go at night through day time. It will be a nice experience. All type of shops available in different areas. Please pring with you Halals or bundle of one riyal to pay...More

Thank malik I
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What time do shops open on Balad on fridays? and where to have lunch?
7 March 2017|
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Response from Hosam A | Reviewed this property |
5PM max! If you want lunch, I'd recommend you to go to Al-Hamraa area, have lunch and hit the road to Balad after Asr prayer time!
Hi. Can someone recommend me here a hotel within Balad? A cheap/affordable and clean one. Thank you.
13 May 2016|
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Response from Nawaf K | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend Al Baia hotel, it's decent cheap and clean, even the location is superb (in front of "al baia squire" the start point of al madinah road [main road] . you can walk a few steps and reach many spots down... More
Receptionist is so hospitable, we consumed about an hour looking for the hotel. It has no Billboard on the front of the Round About.... need to ask anybody just to locate the hotel
28 November 2015|
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Response from Ausaf78 | Reviewed this property |
It's a historical town where mostly shop owners know everything about the area unless it is very specific technical heritage query. I had been to Balad few times, never stayed, and found people understanding but few areas... More